Raw Zesty Cheese Kale Chips #Vegan #Nutfree

Looking to satisfy that snack craving? Skip the bag of chips and reach for a handful of Zesty Cheese Kale Chips instead.  Not only are they packed full of nutrients, they're also gluten-free, nut-free, vegan and delish!

Raw Zesty Cheese Kale Chips


1 bunch of Kale
1 Red Bell Pepper
3-4 tablespoons Lemon Juice
1/2 cup Sunflower Seed Butter (or you can use Tahini as well)
1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/4-1/2 teaspoon Onion Powder
1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt
1/2 tablespoon Sriracha Sauce (or hot sauce of your choice)
2 heaping tablespoons Nutritional Yeast


Wash and dry your kale.  Remove the thick ribs and tear into chip sized pieces. Wash, seed & chop your pepper. In a high-speed blender (I used my Vitamix), blend all your  ingredients (except Kale) until smooth and creamy.  Place your Kale in a large bowl & cover in your Zesty Cheese sauce.  And now it's time to get dirty! With clean hands, massage your kale & sauce ensuring each soon-to-be chip is coated.

Next, place your kale onto your dehydrator trays.  Fill the trays without overlapping the the kale.  I used all 4 trays in my Nesco dehydrator for this recipe.

Now time to dry out those lovely leaves! Set your dehydrator to 115 degrees and walk away.  They will take anywhere from 6-8 hours depending on how wet your kale is and your type of dehydrator.  If you're impatient you can always turn up your dehydrator a bit and enjoy them sooner, but they'll lose the raw-ness factor.

These kale chips totally exceeded my expectations! They are totally cheesy and crunchy with the perfect bit of heat.  My husband declared that they are better than Doritos!

So give them a go...and I dare you to just eat one!


  1. I love coming to your blog for more recipes

  2. Hi Jennifer,
    What's better than a yummy handful of kale chips? I love them. They are kind of addictive, in fact! And much healthier than potato chips. Thank you so much for sharing this healthy and delicious recipe for zesty cheese kale chips at the Healthy, Happy, Green and Natural Party Blog Hop. I appreciate it!


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